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I was an SNP minister—and I think Sturgeon’s independence strategy is the wrong one

A second referendum is the answer—but not now, and not on the timescale the first minister proposed last week either. We must learn the lessons of 8th June

By Kenny MacAskill  

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire/PA Images

Last week, Nicola Sturgeon reset the timetable for “IndyRef2,” with the potential date put back. Initially, the plan was for a vote in late 2018 or early 2019; now, the First Minister has said she will not introduce the legislation needed for a referendum until the autumn of next year.

It’s a deferral rather than an abandonment of a second independence ballot, done to try and steer a political path through diametrically opposite political…

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